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Series 1
Correspondence, 1895-2005
Boxes 1-80

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series includes letters Hecht wrote and received from the 1930s through 2004. The family correspondence includes letters to and from his parents, Melvyn and Dorothea Hecht, as well as his brother Roger Hecht. Also included in this subseries is correspondence to and from Helen Hecht, including a significant amount of condolence letters written after Anthony Hecht's death in 2004.

Of particular interest are letters written by Hecht to his parents while serving in the 97th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II. Hecht's letters to his family document his deployment in France, Czechoslovakia and Germany, and also Japan at the beginning of the Allied occupation in 1945 and 1946

The general correspondence subseries spans from 1941-2005, offering a sustained perscpetive on Hecht's writing career and personal friendships from his time in the army through to his final years. Significant correspondence between Hecht and his contemporary poets and literati are preserved in this collection, including William Arrowsmith, W.S. Merwin, Anne Sexton, Jon Stallworthy, W.D. Snodgrass, George Starbuck, Mona van Duyn, and Richard Wilbur. Hehct also mentored, to varying degrees, a number of younger writers; principal correspondents among these include Michael Blumenthal, Nicholas Christopher, Brad Leithauser, Dave Mason, J.D. McClatchy, Tim Murphy, Mary Jo Salter, and Norman Williams. Extensive personal correspondents include Leonard Baskin, Robert Fitzgerald, William MacDonald, William Maxwell, Christopher Ricks, and Dorothea Tanning. Also included is significant correspondence between Hecht and literary editors, notably George Core, Harry Ford, Philip Hoy, and William Maxwell. The collection also contains correspondence from Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) regarding Hecht's writing career.

The Other Correspondence subseries includes unidentified correspondents, fragments, correspondence from the Elias Mengel collection, and correspondence from others to others. Correspondence can be found throughout the collection as cover letters or as indicated in this finding aid. Academic correspondence can be found with Academic Files (SEE Series 5), and professional correspondence regarding associations and foundations can be found in Subject Files (SEE Series 7). Much of the correspondence contains enclosures.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three subseries: (1.1) Family correspondence, (1.2) General correspondence and (1.3) Other correspondence.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: writings by Ted Hughes (letters and literary works) may not be reproduced without the written permission of Carol Hughes.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.1, Family Correspondence and Subseries 1.2, General Correspondence, contains some correspondenc that is closed to researchers.

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series includes letters Hecht wrote and received from the 1930s through 2004. The family correspondence includes letters to and from his parents, Melvyn and Dorothea Hecht, as well as his brother Roger Hecht. Also included in this subseries is correspondence to and from Helen Hecht, including a significant amount of condolence letters written after Anthony Hecht's death in 2004. Of particular interest are letters written by Hecht to his parents while serving in the 97th Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War II. Hecht's letters to his family document his deployment in France, Czechoslovakia and Germany, and also Japan at the beginning of the Allied occupation in 1945 and 1946 The general correspondence subseries spans from 1941-2005, offering a sustained perscpetive on Hecht's writing career and personal friendships from his time in the army through to his final years. Significant correspondence between Hecht and his contemporary poets and literati are preserved in this collection, including William Arrowsmith, W.S. Merwin, Anne Sexton, Jon Stallworthy, W.D. Snodgrass, George Starbuck, Mona van Duyn, and Richard Wilbur. Hehct also mentored, to varying degrees, a number of younger writers; principal correspondents among these include Michael Blumenthal, Nicholas Christopher, Brad Leithauser, Dave Mason, J.D. McClatchy, Tim Murphy, Mary Jo Salter, and Norman Williams. Extensive personal correspondents include Leonard Baskin, Robert Fitzgerald, William MacDonald, William Maxwell, Christopher Ricks, and Dorothea Tanning. Also included is significant correspondence between Hecht and literary editors, notably George Core, Harry Ford, Philip Hoy, and William Maxwell. The collection also contains correspondence from Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) regarding Hecht's writing career. The Other Correspondence subseries includes unidentified correspondents, fragments, correspondence from the Elias Mengel collection, and correspondence from others to others. Correspondence can be found throughout the collection as cover letters or as indicated in this finding aid. Academic correspondence can be found with Academic Files (SEE Series 5), and professional correspondence regarding associations and foundations can be found in Subject Files (SEE Series 7). Much of the correspondence contains enclosures.

Description of Subseries

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